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Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1)
3.68
May 31, 2012
May 31, 2012
 
Gone Girl
3.93
***MORE MOVIE NEWS*** Gossipy sources say that Neil Patrick Harris will play Amy's creepy ex, Desi, and Tyler Perry will play Ben Affleck/Nick's scumb...more
Aug 10, 2012
Aug 10, 2012
 
The Night Circus
4.00
Rating: 6* of five

Sometimes, some books just don't lend themselves to an analytical, opinionated review. I'm reluctant to do that kind of review here...more
Jan 06, 2012
Jan 17, 2012
 
Pride and Prejudice
4.23
Well-loathed books I've re-read

Rating: 4 very annoyed, crow-feathered stars out of five

The Book Report: No. Seriously. If your first language isn't En...more
Jun 2012
Jun 24, 2010
 
Off-Topic: The Story of an Internet Revolt
4.38
***Paperback edition now available from Amazon (ironically enough) in the US and UK!

***UPDATE there was a major influx of sock puppets one-starring th...more
Nov 04, 2013
Nov 04, 2013
 
Atlas Shrugged
3.66
UPDATE 8/25! This blog debunks some of the Aynholes' major misunderstandings about the book.

Pretentious poseur writes pseudophilosophical apologia for...more
Dec 25, 1976
Aug 16, 2012
 
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared
3.80
Pearl Ruled (p100)--coincidentally, the end of chapter 8!
***see update below***
Rating: 1.5* of five

The Book Description: The international publishin...more
Dec 17, 2012
Dec 18, 2012
 
It's Kind of a Funny Story
4.15
In respectful acknowledgment of Vizzini's suicide on 19 December 2013, I have cleared my rating of his book and removed my review.

There is no more tra...more
Mar 16, 2012
Feb 27, 2012
 
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
4.41
***UPDATE 15 April 2014*** I've now seen the movie...yes, watched the movie of the book I didn't like...and it made less sense than the book! But it w...more
Aug 31, 2012
Sep 02, 2012
 
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
3.87
Three star review has moved to Expendable Mudge Muses Aloud.

But really, there are better ways to spend your eyeblinks than reading this mawkish treacl...more
Oct 18, 2012
Oct 18, 2012
 
The Song of Achilles
4.07
This review can now be seen at Expendable Mudge Muses Aloud!

And how wonderful it is.

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Mar 17, 2012
Feb 10, 2012
 
Under the Dome
3.88
UPDATE ON THE TV SERIES 8/14/2013: I gave up. I've been watching on Amazon Prime because I hate commercials. But not even Mike Vogel/Barbie's pretty f...more
Jan 04, 2012
Jan 16, 2012
 
Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
3.98
Rating: four horrfied, repulsed, politically appalled stars of five

See the review on Shelf Inflicted!

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Apr 29, 2012
Apr 30, 2012
 
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
3.94
Rating: 4.99* of five

A near-perfect book, a joy of a read, and a heartfelt "thank you" to the goddesses of literature for it. My review has moved out...more
Jun 24, 2010
May 14, 2012
 
Where'd You Go, Bernadette
3.92
Pearl Ruled

Rating: 1.6* of five (p97)

The Publisher Says: Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated pa...more
Dec 07, 2012
Dec 07, 2012
 
The Book of Illusions
3.87
Rating: one furious, disgusted star of however many stars there are in a galaxy

I've never been fond of pompous writing, the kind that checks its look...more
Jan 2003
Jan 23, 2012
 
The Casual Vacancy
3.24
***UPDATE APRIL 2014: A BBC/HBO co-production of this book will start filming this summer, and will air in 2015 (most likely). An interesting video ta...more
Jan 02, 2013
Jan 03, 2013
 
The Martian
4.32
Rating: 5* of five

The Publisher Says: Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first men to walk on the surface of Mars. Now, he's sure h...more
Dec 28, 2013
Jul 02, 2014
 
Beautiful Ruins
3.70
Pearl Ruled

Rating: 2.5* of five (p88)

Story of romantic love at first sight ranging from 1962 to the present, and involving a staggering amount of clu...more
Aug 2012
Aug 02, 2012
 
11/22/63
4.24
This review, along with many of my others, can now be found at Expendable Mudge Muses Aloud.

Wrist-spraining goodness. Just about as good as it gets. T...more
Feb 08, 2012
Jan 25, 2012
 
The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon, #2)
3.71
Book Circle Reads 11

Rating: 3 stars of five

The Publisher Says: An ingenious code hidden in the works of Leonardo da Vinci. A desperate race through t...more
Jan 2004
Jun 24, 2010
 
The Road
3.93
This review can now be seen at Expendable Mudge Muses Aloud.

McCarthyites strongly cautioned.

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Sep 2008
Dec 20, 2011
 
The Goodreads Killer
2.26
Rating: ...what, was I stoned, only FOUR?! Silly old faggot, make it five! Five, or what the hell, make it an even six!!

Just please, please, please le...more
Aug 27, 2013
Aug 27, 2013
 
Life of Pi
3.86
UPDATE: Some will see this as good news...there is a movie based on this piffling 21st-century Kahlil Gibran ripoff, directed by Ang Lee, coming out.....more
Jan 2010
Oct 05, 2011
 
Montana 1948
3.69

Milkweed Editions
$14.00 trade paper, available now

Rating: 5* of five Another one I'd give six stars to if I could.

The Publisher Says: The events of th...more
Feb 1994
Oct 08, 2011
 
The Symposium
3.99
Rating: 2* of five, all for Aristophanes's way trippy remix of the Book of Genesis

While perusing a review of Death in Venice (dreadful tale, yet anoth...more
May 2008
May 21, 2012
 
Ella Minnow Pea
3.82
Rating: 4.9* of five



This novel is about the unintended bad, and ridiculous, consequences of a very good idea. Nollop, an island off the American mainl...more
Jan 15, 2002
Nov 07, 2012
 
Rabbit, Run (Rabbit Angstrom, #1)
3.55
Get over it! Pull up your socks and get on with it! Sheez.

Book Circle Reads 96

Rating: 2.5* of five

The Book Description: Penguin's bumf--Rabbit, Run is...more
Apr 2002
Feb 23, 2012
 
TransAtlantic
3.84
***UPDATE 7/23/2013*** TransAtlantic on the Long List for the MAN Booker Prize!

Rating: 4.85* of five

The Book Description: National Book Award-winning...more
Apr 02, 2013
Apr 02, 2013
 
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
3.78
Rating: 3.9* of five

The Book Description: A gleeful and exhilarating tale of global conspiracy, complex code-breaking, high-tech data visualization,...more
Oct 23, 2012
Oct 24, 2012
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